The 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni.
The 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni.

Fitting supercar tribute to Lamborghini test driver

THIS is a 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni that is coated in a brilliant Bianco Monocerus.

This bull was named after Lamborghini's famous test driver, Valentino Balboni, who has been testing their cars for more than 40 years. He has then retired in 2008 due to Italian government work regulations.

This LP550-2 is equipped with a rear-mid mounted, 5.2-litre V10 engine which can produce up to 405 kilowatts (550 horsepower) at 8000rpm and 540 Newton metres of torque (398 pound-feet of torque) at 6500rpm.

Usually in all the modern Lamborghini's, the power is send to the wheels through an all-wheel drive system, but Valentino Balboni wanted this to be a real 'drivers car', so he insisted on having rear-wheel drive.

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This means it is the first rear-wheel drive Lambo since the Diablo.

The power gets there by going through a classic six-speed manual transmission, and this particular model also has a kerb weight of 1379 kilograms.

This means it is able to accelerate from 0-100kmh in 3.9 seconds, and it will keep accelerating until it reaches its top speed of 320kmh (199 miles per hour).

When the first generation Gallardo was launched, it was dubbed the "baby Lambo", as it was much smaller and lighter than its older sibling, the Lamborghini Murcielago.

The second generation Gallardo was launched at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show, and it has been the most popular Gallardo yet. The LP550-2 Valentino Balboni has to be one of the most recognisable limited edition Gallardo's available because of its white and gold stripe that goes across the entire length of the car.

Some other features that this Gallardo is equipped with include 19-inch, 15 spoke forged alloy wheels wrapped in performance tyres, variable intermittent wipers, a carbon fibre engine bay trim, a 45% limited slip rear differential, double-wishbone front and rear suspension, a front and rear stabiliser bar, carbon ceramic brakes with black calipers, four-wheel ABS as well as traction and stability control, electronic brake force distribution, tire pressure monitoring, xenon headlights as well as daytime running lights, a premium leather interior with front bucket seats, dual-zone climate control and much more.

The Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni is limited to only 250 units worldwide, and you can currently buy one for about $370,000.

Jesse See is a teenage car enthusiast. His blogs and website can be found at

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The 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni.